Our Services


Our core programmatic focus is on the resiliency of military families. Military life presents unique challenges for the family unit and each individual member. That’s why we provide experiences to help navigate military life amidst transfers, deployments, increased child care needs and financial burdens. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no membership fees.

We work closely with the Department of Defense and installation commands to identify opportunities and augment service areas to help young military families come together, stay together and thrive together.

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Child & Youth Programs

Fisher Children's Center

Armed Services YMCA offers affordable and accessible, quality care programs for young children designed to help prepare them for future success.

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Operation Little Learners

Operation Little Learners is an interactive early childhood education program for parents and their children to enhance bonds and encourage child development.

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Operation Kid Comfort

Operation Kid Comfort is a volunteer-driven program that provides custom photo quilts and pillowcases to military children of deployed active duty service members.

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Operation Hero

Operation Hero is a no-cost after-school program designed to help military kids who may be struggling with change get back on track at home and in school.

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Operation Camp

Encompassing summer, day, and holiday camps, Operation Camp encourages healthy living and provides activities and social bonding opportunities for military children.

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Annual Art & Essay Contest

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children a voice. It also serves as a reminder of the sacrifices military children, service members, and their families make for our country

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Assistance & Support Programs

Neighborhood Exchange

The Neighborhood Exchange is a monthly food and diaper distribution. We partner with Jewish Family Service and San Diego Food Bank to offer free food and diapers, as well as resources and other helpful goods and services provided free of charge by community partners.

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Pendleton Pantry

Located in our Admin office at 200090 Ash Road, Wire Mountain Road, the Pendleton Pantry ensures military families have everything they need to makes ends meet and have homes running smoothly. 

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00AM-2:00PM

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Operation Ride Home

Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel home for the holidays.

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School of Infantry Recreation Center

Open only on the weekends, The School of Infantry Recreation Center provides a facility for military students enrolled in the School of Infantry to relax and recharge. Our Rec Center consists of 2-buildings with television rooms, large electronic gaming rooms with game consoles, a kitchen, outdoor patio area with televisions, 30 computer lab, and table games.

Project Liberty Call

Project Liberty Call serves as a bridge that connects Camp Pendleton military families with community members, organizations, and businesses who want to show their support and appreciation through the sharing of donated goods and services.

Ticket opportunities are posted to Facebook periodically.

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Ball Gown Giveaway

The Ball Gown Giveaway is an annual dress collection and distribution event for service members and their families. We collect formal ball dresses throughout the year and near the start of ball season we host an event where participants can select from gowns along with shoes, jewelry, and accessories to complete their ball look!

Registration will open in July.

If you are interested in donating formal items please call (760) 385 4921.

Temporary Emergency Assistance

The Temporary Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP) provides financial support with food and gas gift cards to active-duty families, in respond to short-term emergency situations. This support is normally provided for up to two months and is accessed by referral.

Referral can be requested through Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program, New Parent Support, or Command. For more information about the referral process, please email us.

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Home Hospitality & Santa's Workshop

Our Home Hospitality and Santa's Workshop programs provide joy to service members and military families during the holiday season through gifts, support, and holiday meals.

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